Le Pho: a Lens on French Indochina

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Le Pho (French/Vietnamese 1907-2001), Oil on Canvas (dim. 34.5 by 45 inches) sold for $20,625 on iGavel by Lark Mason Associates 7.7.2015

The Artist: Le Pho

Le Pho was a French Vietnamese painter whose career began in Paris as a scholarship student at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts and then in Hanoi at the Ecole Superieure des Beaux Arts de Indochine. Along with other Vietnamese ex-patriat painters including Mai Trung Thur, Vu Cao Dam, and others  his career spanned periods in Vietnam, France, and in the United States.

The documentation of paintings is important to its authenticity.  It validates an artist’s style at a particular time.  While finely executed and of a beautiful subject matter, the fact that this painting retains its original purchase receipt from 1966 is remarkable. Currently on iGavel closing on February 28th. Click here

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Le Pho (Vietnamese/French, 1907-2001), Le Vase Bleu, Oil on Silk Laid Down on Board, (dim. 31.5 by 20.75 inches), sold for $25,001.25 on iGavel by Everard Auctions and Appraisals 2.28.2017

Below is a similar example that recently sold at Sotheby’s:

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Le Pho (1908-2001), Yellow Roses, Oil on silk fixed on board (dim. 36 1/2 by 24 inches), sold for $35,461, at Sotheby’s 4.4.2016

Among this group, Le Pho enjoyed considerable success and his works regularly appear at auction.   Le Pho, whose works draw from impressionists and surrealist sources, are characterized by a lithe representation of the human form reminiscent of works by Modigliani (more info and in his later years, using splashes of brilliant color.  

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Le Pho (Vietnamese, 1907-2001), Le gateau d’anniversaire, (dim. 52 by 76 inches), sold $235,942 at Christies 11.25.2012

The Climate

Vietnamese Missionary, Alexander de rhodes, Alexandre de Rhodes, Jesuit Missionary, Vietnam missionary, 16th century missionary

French Jesuit Missionary to Vietnam, Alexandre de Rhodes (1591-1660)

Southeast asian map, free southeast asian map,

Map of Southeast Asia

French Indochina comprised political regions governed by France during the late 19th century of Annam, Tonkin, and Cochinchina, which are the modern states of Cambodia, Laos, and Vietnam (more info).
origins of French involvement with southeast Asia extend back to trade in spices and other materials during the 17th century, by  traders and Jesuit missionaries (more info).

 French government sought stronger control over territories in the region to protect their trading investments. 

Political interventions were often accompanied by military force throughout the 19th century, keeping the port cities of
Annam and Tonkin under French control. Cambodia became a protectorate of France and concessions and treaties established control of regions of Thailand and Vietnam forming French Indochina in 1887, a political confederation that survived until 1954. 

The Architecture

French art and architecture flourished in Indochina, incorporating elements of regional influence in a Beaux Arts style,where grand buildings were built in economic and cultural centers.  Travel by artists, architects, and other culturally influential individuals brought these influences to Paris.

The colonial architecture of this period in what was French indochina is today being restored.  Among these distinctive structures are the formerly Musee  Louis Finot, which is now the National Museum of Vietnamese History in Hanoi (more info)  and the Presidential Palace (more info). As this restoration takes place painters such as Le Pho and other artists whose styles uniquely displayed European and Southeast Asian influences are widely recognized.

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Auction Highlights | Everard & Company’s Fine Art and Antiques from Southern Estates and Collections

Everard Auctions and Appraisals is pleased to present their online auction of ‘Fine Art and Antiques from Southern Estates and Various Owners’. The auction will take place through March 3rd at iGavelAuctions.com.

620951_052The auction features a stellar group of Contemporary prints by such artists as Andy Warhol, Tom Wesselmann, Robert Motherwell, Bridget Riley and Helen Frankenthaler. One of the standouts of this group is Warhol’s iconic image of Marilyn in a dramatic color wave of green, red and yellow purchased in 1968 from the revered Miami art dealer Dorothy Blau.



Other highlights include two paintings by the Polish-born Ohio-based artist Julian Stanczak. Stanczak, a student of Joseph Albers, held his first show in 1964 and was influential during the early op-art movement. These two works are from his window series created in the late 1970’s/early 1980’s and were purchased directly from the artist in the 1980’s.


Also up for offer are drawings and prints by Ashcan school artists such as Bellows, Glackens, Henri, Luks, Shinn and Sloan. Works by other American artists include Benton, Betts, Curry, Davies, Hurd, Roseland, Shahn, Wiggins and Wood.


The auction also includes American and European decorative arts, European paintings. sterling silver including Tiffany, Asian Art and jewelry.

An opening reception will be held at 2436 Waters Avenue, Savannah, GA on February 29th from 5-7pm to kick off the auction exhibition, which will be held on March 1st and 2nd from 10am to 5pm daily or by appointment. The sale can also be viewed online at iGavelAuctions.com. Bidding ends on March 3rd.

About Everard Auctions- Since 2003, Everard Auctions and Appraisals has operated from Savannah, Georgia and holds fully catalogued online auctions on iGavelAuctions.com throughout the year.

Everard Auctions & Appraisals Featured on Savannah Now and Do Savannah

Click the links below to read more about Everard Auctions & Appraisals November Auction:

Property from the Collection of Eleanor Torrey ‘Sandy’ West

“For hunters, it’s a dream come true,” said Mary Josie of Everard Auctions and Appraisals…

Everard’s is a fine art and antiques auction house, but she made an exception for this collection’s mix of art and everyday items, noting local interest and a good cause.

“It’s all little pieces of history,” said Everard, who’s appeared as an appraiser on the popular PBS series Antiques Roadshow and was a vice president at Sotheby’s in New York.”

Savannah Now: Auction to assist Ossabaw Island’s matriarch Sandy West

“I’m looking at a large metallic disc, like an upside down bowl, painted in bright cherry red flamboyantly displaying the iconic white font of America’s favorite cola beverage. Turning to Amanda Everard, president of Everard & Co. Antique Auctions, she notices my puzzled look and responds, “The Coca-Cola sign … there’s a good story behind that one.”

Do Savannah: What’s Up, Starland? Ossabaw treasures up for auction


The “roar” of this wooden carousel horse, painted by Eric Isenburger (New York, 1902-1994), is almost audible it’s so dramatically depicted. Property from the Collection of Eleanor Sandy West, the “indomitable 102-year-old matriarch” of Ossabaw Island, Georgia, and presented by Everard Auctions and Appraisals. Bidding for this item ends this Thursday, Dec 3, so go over to igavelauctions.com and help support Ms. West, matriarch and, clearly, sagacious art collector.

Judith Dobrzynski Mentions Important German Expressionist Works Currently Offered by Everard Auctions


Popular American journalist and freelance writer Judith Dobrzynski mentions Everard Auctions current sale of important German Expressionist paintings by Gabriele Munter in her recent blog post.

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Judith H. Dobrzynski

In a sale now on the internet though Oct. 7 are two paintings by Gabriele Munter (1877-1962), whose work I like (the best trove I’ve seen is at the Milwaukee Art Museum). Now, the two up for sale at Everard probably are not museum-quality (Der Blaue Berg (The Blue Mountain) [top], from 1908, is estimated at $200,000-300,000, while Im Uhrmacherladen (The Watchmaker’s Shop) [below], from 1916, has a presale estimate of $100,000-150,000), and I am not suggesting that the Met run out and buy them. But the release sent me to the Met collections database to see if Kandel could have gone to the best, even for a less-rich experience.


Read the full story on Judith Dobrzynski’s blog on ArtsJournal

Auction Highlights | Everard’s Inkwells from the Estate of Beth Goldman

Everard Auctions is pleased to announce their online auction of Inkwells from the Estate of Beth Goldman. The auction will take place through July 8th, 2014 at www.iGavelAuctions.com.



Beth Goldman’s interest in inkwells began in the early 1970’s when she was in her late 20’s. She traveled to England and picked up a handful of inkwells at a London flea market. She loved that there were so many wonderful inkwell designs from all over the world. Throughout her life, she loved to travel and purchase inkwells and amassed a collection of over 350 of them





Highlights include many exotic inkwells including an elephant-form inkwell mounted with shotgun pens, a Betty Boop celluloid inkwell, numerous dog-form and painted metal animal-form inkwells, Staffordshire inkwells and Black Forest carved wood inkwells as well as many others.



The sale can be viewed online at www.iGavelAuctions.com or at our gallery in Savannah by appointment. Bidding will continue through July 8tth. For more information, contact us at info@everardandcompany.com or visit www.everard.com.

Auction Highlights | Everard’s Property from Southern Estates and Various Owners Auction

Everard and Co. is pleased to announce their online auction of Property from Southern Estates and Various Owners. The auction will take place through June 11th, 2014 at www.iGavelAuctions.com.


Chippendale Cherrywood and Mahogany Tall Case Clock, Pennsylvania, Balthazar Sues, 1789. Click on the image to view

Featured in the auction is property from the Estate of Betsy Douglas Howey of Chicago, IL and Fairhope, Alabama.  Ms. Howey was a jewelry designer and in 1955 started a gallery called the Farm Studio in Long Grove, IL, where the works of artists, designers and craftsmen were exhibited in the 1950’s and 60’s. Many of these artworks are included in the auction as well as Ms. Howey’s Moroccan and costume jewelry collection, purchased during her travels around that same time period. Highlights from her collection also include an Alvar Aalto desk and a Richard Hunt sculpture.



Alfred Bricher (American, 1837-1908), Seascape, Oil on Canvas, 1877. Click on the image to view

Highlights from other owners include a wonderful Alfred Bricher luminist seascape, a Eugene Boudin watercolor beach scene previously in the collection of Paul Mellon, a Rookwood vase of a Native American painted by Sturgis Laurence, c. 1900, a historical work by the Belgian painter Ferdinand de Braekeleer of the Defense of Antwerp, a still life by American artist Claude(ine) Raguet Hirst, a Pennsylvania Chippendale clock by Balthazar Sues dated 1789 and a large group of Meissen, Teplitz and other porcelain, silver, art glass and Asian art.




Alfred Eisenstaedt (1898 – 1995), Giant Oak Martha’s Vineyard w/ Inscription. Click on the image to view

Also included is an unusual Alfred Eisenstaedt photograph of an oak tree on Martha’s Vineyard with personal inscription about the work as well as two works by contemporary British photographer Michael Kenna.

The sale can be viewed online at www.iGavelAuctions.com or at their gallery in Savannah on June 9th and 10th or by appointment. Bidding will continue through June 11th.

Everard Auctions an Appraisals are currently accepting consignments for our September Auction. For more information, contact us at info@everardandcompany.com or visit www.everardandcompany.com.

Amanda Everard Discusses Collecting Cameras on WebTalkRadio


Amanda Everard, the President of Everard & Company

iGavel associate seller Amanda Everard of Everard & Company was guests of Web Talk Radio’s latest The Collectors Show episode with Harold Nicoll. The two talk about collecting old cameras and equipment in the age of digital photography and smartphones.

Click here to listen to the interview on WebTalkRadio website.

For more information on Everard & Company, visit their website at www.Everard.com

Victorian Burl-Walnut Kidney Shaped Pedestal Desk Achieves $66,000 on iGavel Auctions

Everard & Company’s recent Property from the Estate of Harry Lane, Savannah, GA and Other Owners online auction on iGavel Auctions achieved a successful 76% sale rate with 971 bids, surpassing estimates.

615928_001The Highlight of the sale was a 1840s Victorian Burl-Walnut Kidney Shaped Pedestal Desk, Stamped James Winter & Son. James Winter and Son appears to have been a furniture retailer. The business commenced at 101 Wardour Street in 1823, and, after 1840, moving to 151/153/155 Wardour Street. Although the desk is not stamped by a particular maker, this pattern was produced by such firms as Gillows, Hindley and Holland & Sons. The design relates to an entry in the Gillow Estimate Sketch book (1840) for An Oak Pedestal and Kidney Table supplied to Ferguson & Co. The model is derived from a design published by Thomas Sheraton in his The Cabinet-Maker and Upholsterer’s Drawing Book, London 1802, pl.58. The desk achieved $66,000 with Buyer’s Premium over 42 bids, far surpassing its high estimate of $7,000.

Another highlight 615903_001from the auction was a Monograph of the Paradiseidae, or Birds of Paradise, Bower-birds, Volumes I and II by R. Bowdler Sharpe, 1891-1898. It printed by Taylor and Francis, Fleet Street for Henry Sotheran and Co. with later colored plates. The books are bound in full Moroccan leather with gilt tooling to covers, 5 raised bands to spine and gilt lettering, and were purchased from Henry Sotheran and Co. in the mid 1990’s. This monograph achieved a $17,430, surpassing the estimate.

615469_001Asian highlights from the sale was a Himalayan gilt copper figure of a Buddhist deity, Mahakala. The price was realized for $ 4,033 amid strong international bidding, achieving 20 bids against the high estimate of $600.

Sale Highlights | Southern Estates & Various Owners

iGavel Auctions is proud to present Everard & Company’s Southern Estates & Various Owners auction. This sale is now live through March 13th. Included in the auction is a group of fine art by Southern artists or of Southern subject matter including works by George Beattie and Jr., Charles de Wolf Brownell, an Antonio Frilli marble sculpture of a nude on its original pedestal, a pair of Victorian leather upholstered corner club chairs and more.



Highlights include a 19th Century Chinese Gilt Bronze Sculpture of a Man on a Mule. The statue stands 20 inches on a lacquer stand and in good condition. This sculpture is now available for bidding and estimated at $4,000-6,000. Click here to bid






Included in the paintings offered in the sale is an Augusta Oelschig still life. Oelschig (Savannah, 1918-2000) depicted social injustice of southern race relations in her art in many of her paintings during her career. This painting is now available for and estimated at $5,000-7,000. Click here to bid






Another featured statue in the sale is an Antonio Frilli (Italian, 1860-1920). This marble nude stands 18 inches and mounted on a marble pedestal with a label indicating that it was part of the Panama-Pacific International Exposition, a World’s Fair held in San Francisco in 1915. This sculpture is now available for bidding and estimated at $4,000-6,000. Click here to bid

Sale Highlights: Southern Estates & Various Owners

Everard & Company‘s ongoing Southern Estates and Various Owners auction is compromised of several Savannah, Hilton Head and Charleston Estates. The Americana collection from the sale includes several pieces of furniture and a collection of World War I posters including this famous Uncle Sam poster pictured above. These posters were originally created in 1917 by James Montgomery Flagg to encourage recruitment in the United States Army during World War I. The artist, supposedly, modeled Uncle Sam from his own image, adding goatee and white hair. There were over four million of these posters printed during the war, and the same poster was used again for the second time for World War II. The poster is estimated at $2,000 – 3,000 and available for bidding now. Click here to view

Another highlight from the sale is this brilliant emerald ring. The ring is compromised of a single cut, 3-4 carat natural emerald in the center, decorated with 16 pieces diamonds; 10 full cut round, 2 marquis and 4 tapered baguettes, adding up to a total of .61 carats. The stones are placed on a 18 karat yellow gold band. This ring is estimated at $6,000-12,000 and available for bidding now. Click here to view

Included in the sale is a neat collection of Japanese Samurai dolls. This doll is part of a set, but is sold individually which makes it more accessible for prospective bidders. It is believed that Samurai dolls are originated from the Kabuki theater and puppetry shows in the 19th century Japan. The level of detail on these dolls is particularly astonishing as the artist paid individual attention to each clothing and decoration. This rare doll is estimated at $1,000-1,500 and available for bidding now. Click here to view

Sale Highlight: Reynolds Beal (American, 1866-1951), Ivy League Rowing Regatta, Poughkeepsie, 1914

Reynolds Beal, Ivy League Rowing Regatta


Reynolds Beal (American, 1866-1951), Ivy League Rowing Regatta, Poughkeepsie, NY, Columbia Boat Club Wins, 1914, oil on canvas, signed and dated lower left, inscribed, titled and dated in the artist’s hand on stretchers, verso, in a giltwood frame. Frame size 30 in. x 40 1/2 in.

The Columbia Boat Club won the Varsity 8s at the Intercollegiate Rowing Association regatta at Poughkeepsie, New York in 1895, 1914, 1927, and 1929.

Born in New York City, Reynolds Beal’s year of birth is reported as being 1866 as well as 1867. If one follows the most extensively researched source produced in consultation with the Beal family (essay by Ann E. Berman), the year of 1866 is the accurate one. Beal became a prominent East Coast marine and landscape painter. He had a great interest in yachting and did numerous maritime subjects. He studied naval architecture at Cornell University and painting at William Merritt Chase’s Shinnecock Summer School. His younger brother was Gifford Beal, and supported by family money, Reynolds and Gifford traveled and painted widely including to Portugal, the Caribbean, and the West Coast. Reynolds used a variety of styles including Impressionism, Fauvism and Atonalism. As he got older, his work became more complex and vibrant with a mosaic of brush strokes. In addition to oils, he was admired as a watercolorist, and he and Gifford made Rockport, Massachusetts their home. His studio overlooked Rockport’s Inner Harbor, from where he drew and etched many harbor scenes.

$50,000 – 70,000

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This item is part of the collection “Property from a Southern Gentleman, Savannah, GA and Other Owners,” presented by Everard & Company. To view more items from this collection, click here.